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Are there any films you just didn't get/understand?

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Kellamity Fri 06-Jul-12 21:59:33

I'm just watching the Matrix for the second time in my life. Had no idea what it was all about the first time but this time.......I have my DH explaining what on earth is going on!!!! grin

WillYouDoTheFandango Mon 17-Sep-12 00:15:57

Magnolia - it's hours long, it rains frogs. The end. I cried for the time back and tell everyone I meet to avoid like the plague. And yet every reviewer gave it 5*, I really, really didnt get it!


My line of annoyed questioning makes dh mental every time it comes on.

There can be only one. So how come there are a few of them? If they've been around for ever why do they only want to lop each others heads off now. It's bollocks. Have wiki'd it, tried to read about the plot, nope, still disconnected nonsensical bollocks.

Blair Witch - scary? Tense? Really? Watching someone's snot dribble out of their anorak hood whilst they rustle a few leaves in front of a camcorder for 90 minutes.

Startailoforangeandgold Mon 17-Sep-12 00:28:51

Avatar, oh I get the plot, it's just why anyone thought such a load of predictable, in the first 10 minutes, crap was worth making, I don't get.

todaysagoodday do you mean the ice pack he puts on HF wrists after he takes the cuffs off?

akaemmafrost Mon 17-Sep-12 00:47:05

Inception. Have tried to watch about three times now but just can't get into it.

deleted203 Mon 17-Sep-12 01:26:14

Ex boyfriend once made me sit through some total shit called 'Eraserhead'. Think it was directed by David Lynch. And it was in black and white. Oh yes...just Googled it and it says,

"^Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.^"

Very romantic! Anyone like to guess if he got sex that night????

garlicnutty Mon 17-Sep-12 01:41:36

Oh dear, I love most of the films mentioned so far! Haven't seen the more recent ones, though, so look forward to Inception as everyone hates it grin

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I went out for a walk halfway through.

Longdistance Mon 17-Sep-12 01:43:26

I didn't get Cloverfield. Wtf is it all about, apart from another film where attacks happen in NY.

TotemPole Tue 18-Sep-12 14:38:40

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, this is a comedy.

I didn't get the humour, only laughed once throughout the whole film. I think you have to be a fan of Jacques Cousteau to understand it.

redrubyshoes Tue 18-Sep-12 14:47:19

The Big Lebowski - just fecking dire and deeply unfunny.

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Kate Winslet with green hair, being 'kooky' and a plot that throws up more paradoxes than my brain can deal with.

Hullygully Tue 18-Sep-12 14:48:34

Tree of Life yy

SO BORING could only do 20 mins and I love poncey films

SparkyTGD Tue 18-Sep-12 14:51:58

'Donnie Darko' for me too, and 'Lost in Translation'

usually the type of films I would like but just thought, what was that all about? confused at the end

Erebus Wed 07-Nov-12 18:12:30

Reviving this a bit to say:

Eraserhead. Tried v v hard to 'get it'.. don't hate it because it is what it is but- blimey.

I struggle a bit with Fellini- La Dolca Vita, La Strada?

And I confess with Peter Greenaway, though I liked Drowning by numbers- so, so WEIRD!

I want to see Avatar and Inception, and Matrix but I don't have time. I'm cleaning bogs whilst DH takes the boys to see such stuff!

cumfy Fri 09-Nov-12 19:11:19

Mullholland Drive

Utterly insane and unfathomable.

Shoshe Fri 09-Nov-12 19:39:36

HelsBels we did the same with Moulin Rouge

DH loved the Matrix films, they just confused me, but them I loved The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and he walked out of the cinema, saying, Thats two hours of my life I will never get back grin

TheHappyCamper Fri 09-Nov-12 19:42:12

Nodding along to a lot of these.

I got inception and the matrix although I had to concentrate hard. Tinker tailor I got on the secong viewing.

Memento utter tosh and Mullholland drive I turned it off after about half an hour!

I also didn't like Mamma mia and still can't see why people love it so much.

Watched Red Lights this week. Neither DH nor I really got it but quite enjoyed it regardless. Cillian Murphy yum ; )

I'm a big fan of imdb when I've not fully understood a film (or just want to check!)

cumfy Fri 09-Nov-12 23:39:12

Thought Memento was brilliant.

Mulholland Drive is perfectly "normal" (sort of!) for about 40 minutes then nothing makes sense for the next 2 hours. Then you start to realise the film has absolutely nothing to do with what you are seeing. Oh the fun. hmm

VforViennetta Mon 26-Nov-12 00:30:55

Watched Kill List lately, I really really liked it, but it was a bit hmm and left me with a few questions.

VforViennetta Mon 26-Nov-12 00:33:06

I love memento, but I do have to think quite hard to get it <sound of rusty cogs turning>, I mean I think I get it, but maybe I have the wrong end of the stick and don't really get it at all confused.

ThompsonTwins Mon 26-Nov-12 00:46:04

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I did, however, go to sleep during the film which might explain my puzzlement.

Wallison Mon 26-Nov-12 00:47:41


I also love loads of the films on here.

Memento has a wicked twist.

The extended version of Donnie Darko tells you quite explicitly what it's all about with the old book and time travel and stuff. Basically, he dies so that she doesn't, but in doing so they never meet.

2001 is about evolution - the first step where they evolve into mankind is shown. Then the apex of mankind's evolution is shown, with all the whizzy space travel and stuff. Then the evolution into a new form of being is shown. There's more to it than that but that's the basics.

With Cache, you get the answer in the last shot.

Mulholland Drive is part-fantasy created in the head of one of the characters. That takes up a lot of the film, and there are signposts that it is a fantasy. Then you get to what really happened in the last part of the film.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is easier to follow if you keep track of her hair colour.

Jamesdawn Tue 04-Dec-12 06:30:39

Donnie Darko..

BikeRunSki Tue 04-Dec-12 06:36:26

Lost in Translation

peggysuenotmarried Thu 06-Dec-12 21:38:21

I didn't "get" both 'The Master' and 'Punk Drunk Love'. I understood the plots but just couldn't find anything to latch on to with either film.

redlac Thu 06-Dec-12 21:49:13

I think there are some films that you are not meant to understand. I enjoy them for a piece of cinema like Donnie Darko and Inception

Jake Gyllenhall, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tom Hardy distracted me too much from the plot

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